NOS deploys Media Distillery’s UX-enhancing tech

NOS has announced a deal with Amsterdam-based AI tech provider Media Distillery. The partnership will see the Portuguese cable operator employ Media Distillery’s Deep Content Understanding tech which promises to enhance its user experience via the creation of a ‘linear on demand’ viewing experience. Media Distillery says that its platform can analyse video content in […]

Nine in 10 Portuguese homes subscribe to pay TV services

Almost the eternity of Portugal subscribes to a pay TV service, according to the country’s communications regulator Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM). A new report from the regulator found that, in Q3 2020, nine out of every 10 households were receiving TV via a subscription. This represents a growth of 3.6% year-over-year. The number of […]

NOS sees pay TV base edge up as convergence growth continues

Portuguese cable and pay TV operator NOS saw its pay TV revenue-generating unit base edge up to 1.656 million at the end of the third quarter, up 1.5% year-on-year, with growth in fixed convergent customers among its base rising by 5.8% to account for 61.3% of its overall fixed base. However, NOS also saw fixed-line […]

NOS hit by COVID-19 but convergence progress continues

Portuguese service provider NOS saw a modest rise in pay TV numbers in the second quarter, adding 4,200 subscribers. Broadband numbers were up by 15,300 while mobile customers rose by 22,800. Subscribers to convergent and integrated bundles grew by 1,200,, further increasing their presence in the fixed access customer base to 61% by the end […]

Nick+ launches in Portugal with Meo, AXN Now lands on NOS Play

Portuguese service providers Meo/Altice Portugal and NOS have added new offerings to their line-up of on-demand services. Meo has become the first Portuguese operator to add ViacomCBS’s Nick+ service to its line-up of premium offerings. Nick+, which kicks off with new series It’s Pony (É o Pónei) and features content including Paw Patrol (Patrulha Pata}, […]

Lisbon court ends freezing of Dos Santos stake in NOS

Lisbon’s central criminal investigation court has lifted an injunction preventing controversial Angolan businesswoman and exiled ex-president’s daughter Isabel Dos Santos from exercising voting rights as a major shareholder in leading Portuguese pay TV provider NOS. In April the court froze Dos Santos’s assets, including the half share she holds in ZOPT, a holding company jointly […]

Pay TV continues to grow in Portugal, driven by FTTH

Pay TV is continuing to grow in Portugal, which saw a 4.1% rise in subscriber numbers in the year to March, taking total pay TV penetration to 89%. Numbers grew by 160,000 over the year to reach 4.1 million, according to statistics compiled by regulator ANACOM. Growth was primarily driven by bundled offerings over fibre-to-the-home […]

NOS to sell tower business to Cellnex in €550 million deal

Portuguese pay TV, broadband and mobile service provider NOS has agreed the sale of its tower business to Spanish outfit Cellnex in a deal potentially worth €550 million. NOS has agreed to transfer its 2,000 tower and rooftop transmitter sites to Cellnex and has struck a long-term agreement with the Spanish company for the provision […]

Sonaecom challenges Portuguese court seizure of Dos Santos NOS stake

Sonaecom, part-owned of Portuguese pay TV and broadband service provider NOS, has challenged a Lisbon court’s seizure of a 26.075% stake in the company held by Isabel Dos Santos, the now-exiled daughter of former Angolan president José Eduardo Dos Santos. The challenge follows the court’s decision to seize the NOS stake held indirectly through Dos […]

New lifestyle and cooking channel for Portugal

Portuguese thematic channel provider Dreamia is launching a new home lifestyle and cooking channel on NOS’s pay TV network. Casa e Cozinha will debut on April 8 and will be dedicated to home design, cooking, fashion, beauty, travel and wellbeing. NOS said that the launch was taking place at a time when Portuguese people are […]